The planning application to install six wind turbines near the villages of Cranfield, Marston, Brogborough and Lidlington has now been filed and it is vital that residents object now.
In 50 years time our grandchildren will laugh at our foolishness in allowing such monsters of inefficiency to blight their landscape.
My objections to the forcing of wind turbines on communities I represent are legion, but it comes down to the principle that the benefits gained are dwarfed by the distress caused. These things cause serious disturbances in their local areas.
Many kinds of background noise are filtered out by the brain but that is not the case with turbines. The non-repetitive nature of the noise, due to changes in the strength of the wind, means that people can’t ‘zone out’ the noise in the same way.
What is so frustrating about this case is that local people thought they had reclaimed the landscape after the closure of the landfill site. It is fantastic to see dog walkers, cyclists and parents with children out enjoying such a great area.
If communities want to host a wind farm nearby then of course they should be allowed to do so. But given the lack of such willing victims I believe the government should be focused on investing in new nuclear technology, complemented by some renewables such as solar and off-shore wind.
At a recent public meeting I attended it was clear that the community in Cranfield and the surrounding villages is almost unanimous in saying that they do not want these turbines near their homes. I support this entirely, having stood at the last election on a manifesto committed to the localism agenda.
Everyone who objects to this planning proposal for six turbines needs to lodge their objections before the end of the consultation. Visit my blog to find a link to the CBC planning process website you can lodge objections.